I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
– 1 Timothy 2:1-2 NIV
21 Days of Prayer and Fasting
Our Nation: Seeing Our Leader’s with God’s Perspective
Until November of this year, it’s essentially election season. Our government is in the forefront of our minds as we listen to debates, read about the candidates, and learn about the issues on the November ballot.
If you are not familiar with the current topics, heed this advice found in 1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NIV),“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” The Bible doesn’t say that we have to agree with our nation’s leaders, but it does command us to pray for them.
God wants us to see our leaders and rulers different from how others would. He not only commands us to pray, but to give thanks for those governing our country. He doesn’t expect us to agree with them all of the time—only to respect and honor the position they hold.
As we think about the political discussions we have with others, debates on social media, or our personal beliefs, let us remember John 13:34-35 (ESV), “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” We need to ask God if the words we are speaking and conversations we are engaging in are glorifying Him.
Pray for future government leaders.
Pray for every current leader who makes decisions that will shape our country for generations to come.